An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi

By Ali Almossawi

“A faultless compendium of flaws.” —Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, author, and presenter of The significant Human Journey

The antidote to fuzzy pondering, with bushy animals!

Have you learn (or stumbled into) one too many irrational on-line debates? Ali Almossawi definitely had, so he wrote An Illustrated ebook of undesirable Arguments! this convenient advisor is the following to convey the web age a much-needed dose of old-school good judgment (really old-school, a la Aristotle).

Here are cogent causes of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem assault, and different universal makes an attempt at reasoning that really fall short—plus a fantastically drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) dedicate each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks an odd gentle within the sky must be a alien craft simply because nobody can end up in a different way (the entice ignorance). And Lion doesn’t think that gasoline emissions damage the planet simply because, if that were real, he wouldn’t just like the consequence (the argument from consequences).

Once you discover ways to realize those abuses of cause, they begin to crop up far and wide from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic publication a must for somebody within the behavior of retaining opinions.


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Misrepresenting the idea is much easier than refuting the evidence for it. Informal Fallacy › Red Herring › Straw Man Appeal to Irrelevant Authority An appeal to authority is an appeal to one’s sense of modesty, which is to say, an appeal to the feeling that others are more knowledgeable [Engel], which may often—but of course not always—be true. One may reasonably appeal to pertinent authority, as scientists and academics typically do. A vast majority of the things that we believe in, such as atoms and the solar system, are on reliable authority, as are all historical statements, to paraphrase C.

Pylori bacteria in order to convince the scientific community that it may cause peptic ulcers, a theory that was, initially, widely dismissed. Advertisements frequently use this method to lure people into accepting something solely because it is popular. ” Although becoming a “cool kid” is an enticing offer, it does nothing to support the imperative that one should buy the advertised product. Politicians also use similar rhetoric to add momentum to their campaigns and influence voters. ” Here, the fact that someone is not a historian has no impact on the merit of their argument (since, of course, it is not the case that anyone other than a historian is automatically wrong on the subject), so it does nothing to strengthen the attacker’s position.

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